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1 To the chiefe Musician. A Psalme of Dauid. In the Lord put I my trust: how say yee to my soule, Flee as a bird to your mountaine?

2 For loe, the wicked bende their bow, they make ready their arrow vpon the string: that they may priuily shoote at the vpright in heart.

3 If the foundations bee destroyed: what can the righteous doe?

4 The Lord is in his holy Temple, the Lords Throne is in heauen: his eyes beholde, his eye lids trie the children of men.

5 The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loueth violence, his soule hateth.

6 Upon the wicked hee shall raine snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.

7 For the righteous Lord loueth righteousnesse: his countenance doeth behold the vpright.

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Commentary for Psalms 11

David's struggle with, and triumph over a strong temptation to distrust God, and betake himself to indirect means for his own safety, in a time of danger.

- Those that truly fear God and serve him, are welcome to put their trust in him. The psalmist, before he gives an account of his temptation to distrust God, records his resolution to trust in Him, as that by which he was resolved to live and die. The believer, though not terrified by his enemies, may be tempted, by the fears of his friends, to desert his post, or neglect his work. They perceive his danger, but not his security; they give him counsel that savours of worldly policy, rather than of heavenly wisdom. The principles of religion are the foundations on which the faith and hope of the righteous are built. We are concerned to hold these fast against all temptations to unbelief; for believers would be undone, if they had not God to go to, God to trust in, and future bliss to hope for. The prosperity of wicked people in their wicked, evil ways, and the straits and distresses which the best men are sometimes brought into, tried David's faith. We need not say, Who shall go up to heaven, to fetch us thence a God to trust in? The word is nigh us, and God in the word; his Spirit is in his saints, those living temples, and the Lord is that Spirit. This God governs the world. We may know what men seem to be, but God knows what they are, as the refiner knows the value of gold when he has tried it. God is said to try with his eyes, because he cannot err, or be imposed upon. If he afflicts good people, it is for their trial, therefore for their good. However persecutors and oppressors may prosper awhile, they will for ever perish. God is a holy God, and therefore hates them. He is a righteous Judge, and will therefore punish them. In what a horrible tempest are the wicked hurried away at death! Every man has the portion of his cup assigned him. Impenitent sinner, mark your doom! The last call to repentance is about to be addressed to you, judgement is at hand; through the gloomy shade of death you pass into the region of eternal wrath. Hasten then, O sinner, to the cross of Christ. How stands the case between God and our souls? Is Christ our hope, our consolation, our security? Then, not otherwise, will the soul be carried through all its difficulties and conflicts.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 11

  • R.f.B
    To me it's a warning this Psalms meaning that God hates wickedness in both the righteous and the wicked. We have all sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God. So I better make sure not to think more highly of myself over anyone that's saved or unsaved. Walking in Jesu's footsteps, always be humble and kind.
  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 11:5 THE LORD TRIETH THE RIGHTEOUS BUT THE WICKED AND HIM THAT LOVETH VIOLENCE --- HIS SOUL HATETH --- LUKE 3:14 and the soldiers likewise demanded of HIM saying and what shall we do and HE said unto them do violence to no man neither accuse any falsely and be content with your wages 1 THESSALONIANS 5:21 PROVE ALL THINGS HOLD FAST THAT WHICH IS GOOD
  • L.Ray

    Bill, and, A disciple.. I believed in good works salvation in my youth. One tends to feel they are on a teeter-totter of fear and faith because our physical side is worldly and weak and our renewed spirit is at war with our sin. After many decades of study I am secure..not in good works but in the SAVING GRACE of My LORD who is my 'sole' and Soul Redeemer. Eph.2:9
  • Geraldine Cole
    The Lord Jesus is in charge !!!!!!!!###
  • Denis Daily
    I'm finally physically capable to read this holy book!!!!!
  • Terrence Charles
    great psalm for confidence

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